Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, is observed on November 11th each year. It commemorates the end of World War I, which officially concluded with the signing of the Armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. So why do we still celebrate this day? The day is a time to honor and remember the members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty during World War I.
As we gather here today, in the heart of the Eastern Cape, we stand united not only as members of Muir College but also as citizens of a world that has been shaped by the sacrifices of many. Today, we come together to honour and remember those who, a century ago, faced the horrors of war during World War I.
There were many young men, perhaps not so different from yourselves, who answered the call to serve their country. Men from this very region, men who once called themselves Muirites. They left behind the familiar surroundings of our Eastern Cape to embark on a journey that would forever alter the course of history.
They enlisted not only for themselves but for the greater good, driven by a sense of duty, courage, and a belief in a better future. Among them were sons of our own Muir College, individuals who exemplified the spirit of ‘Nec Pluribus Impar’. Today, we remember their names, their stories, and their bravery by flying our flag at half mast.
In the face of unimaginable challenges, these men from the Eastern Cape, from Muir College, stood shoulder to shoulder with comrades from around the world. They faced adversity with unwavering determination, and some made the ultimate sacrifice. It is our duty to ensure that their stories live on, that their courage is not forgotten.
Today, the world might be a different place to what it was a century ago, but we will always be faced with challenges that call on us to rise to the occasion, to make hard decisions and sacrifices, not only for our own good, but for the good of others. Today we honour those Muirites who came before us who made sacrifices to make our world a better place.